Last editorial, I counted down the best Classic Who companions. Now it’s time for the current version.
Before I start, a small disclaimer: I will not be counting one-shot companions, as they did not stick around long enough for us to get to know them, compared to the longer-staying ones. Also, because this is actual friends, Adam wouldn’t make the cut even if he stuck around longer than the one-shots.
10) Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie)–Of the companions on this list, Bill is the one with the briefest stint. I liked her inquisitive nature and enthusiasm. As a previous editorial stated, I don’t see her as “pushing an agenda”, I just see a fun-loving girl.
9) Nardole (Matt Lucas)–Often a companion’s job isn’t just to ask the questions the audience would ask, it’s also to play moral compass. Nardole was a good moral compass and his sardonic nature was good comedy relief.
8) Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)–Now here’s the real controversy-summoning companion! A lot of people seem to HATE Clara. But I never did. She proved herself in “Flatline” and “Face the Raven” as someone willing to sacrifice herself, even against the Doctor’s wishes. She even jumped into the Doctor’s timeline to save him from the Great Intelligence. Her one flaw was her impetuous side, which often caused her to make rash decisions.
7) Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) What I liked about Amy was that she wasn’t afraid to put the Doctor or anyone else in his or her place. Her impulsive nature made her one of my favorites.
6) Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)–Even if you never watched Torchwood, you knew Jack had more going for him than the sparse appearances on the main show. What I liked about Captain Jack was he was a man of action, willing to cross lines the Doctor wouldn’t.
5) Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)–Before Clara, Rose was the most-hated companion. I never really had a problem with her. She helped the Ninth Doctor heal his psychological wounds from the Time War. I never minded her falling in love with the Doctor. How could anyone not fall in love with him?